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Creative Nonfiction

About Creative Nonfiction: Creative Nonfiction is the first and the largest journal devoted exclusively to literary nonfiction.

Contact Information:

5501 Walnut St., Suite 202

Pittsburgh, PA  15232

Phone: (412) 688-0304



Submission/Subscription Information:

Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: no Online submissions:  yes Reading period: year-round Response time: 5 months Payment: yes (see website) Contests: yes (see website) ISSN: 1070-0714 Founded: 1993 Issues per year: 4 Distributors: Ingram, Media Solutions, SpeedImpex Australia, Ubiquity Average pages: 80 Sample copy (postpaid): $12.50 Cover Price: $10 Subscription (Ind): $32 [print]; $25 [digital] Subscription (Inst): $40

Publisher’s Description: Creative Nonfiction is the voice of the genre. Every issue is packed with new, long-form essays that blend style with substance; writing that pushes the traditional boundaries of the genre; notes on craft; conversations with writers and editors; insights and commentary from CNF editor Lee Gutkind; and more. Occasional themed issues demonstrate the editors' belief that true stories, well told, can make any topic compelling and relevant. Simply put, CNF strives to demonstrate the depth and versatility of the genre it helped define.

Recent issues have included interviews with or essays by Lauren Slater, Phillip Lopate, Susan Cheever, Dave Eggers, Richard Rodriguez, Ruth Reichl, John T. Edge and David Shields.

"Simply great essays by talented writers" —Library Journal

Recent issues:

CNF #52 explores the uses of storytelling—our oldest and perhaps most effective art form—in non-literary fields. A special essays section features collaborations between writers and science policy scholars, teaming up to tell stories about topics including a curatorial crisis at the Smithsonian; a pediatric geneticist’s decision to share potentially life-changing information with one of his patients; and one woman’s quest to save the Chesapeake Bay from the dietary supplement industry. Plus, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheri Fink reflects on the years of careful reporting behind Five Days at Memorial, and we look at the explosion in live storytelling series.

The Spring 2014 (#51) theme is The Human Face of Sustainability: Reflecting on Our Changing World, which features 8 new essays by moms, scientists, farmers, and others. Plus, environmental writer Elizabeth Kolbert on climate change, her adventures with scientists, and why her books don't have happy endings.

Our 50th issue is a big deal—and that’s not just hype. CNF #50 spans two seasons (Fall and Winter!) and is nearly double the length of a normal issue of Creative Nonfiction. To celebrate almost 20 years of literary publishing, we’ve created the ultimate reading experience. This issue serves as an in-depth primer and a kickass introduction for anyone new to the magazine (or the genre), while providing longtime readers with new insight and never-before-told stories about the origins of Creative Nonfiction—and a peek into the future—from founding editor Lee Gutkind.


last updated 6/30/2014